Last week I had a Yoga Retreat. I realized at the last minute that I still had yet to purchase a yoga mat. Ugh. Not wanting to go out for one more thing, I searched the web for a yoga mat pattern. There were very few patterns, actually I only found one post. The basic formula seemed simple enough, Fabric, batting, thread and non-slip rug mat. Imagine my surprise when I realized I actually had all of the supplies in my sewing room. Not only that but I had a practice quilt that had been lying around for years.
Believe it or not I quilted this quilt before I ever had a machine. This was a practice quilt I had used when borrowing a Long-arm machine from a friend. I love the colors and the fabric, but the quilting was AWFUL. It is a mis-match of practice patterns. Everything from stippling to Halloween to echoing. Being one of the first quilts I ever quilted I had a slight attachment to it and had been toting it around for 4 or 5 years. This was the perfect opportunity to use it for something I love.
I cut the excess batting and backing away. I trimmed the quilt down to 24"X68". Added a few circular pieces of non-skid rug padding to the back side. I just top stitched the circles directly to the quilt. I figured the quilting couldn't get that much worse. Right? I used my walking foot to ease the non-skid pieces through the machine. (they were totally not kidding when they say non-skid). I pinned the the circles down using the pins as a guideline for turning as I stitched.
After a quick binding. Voila! I had a Yoga mat for class.